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Prague Christmas market returns after COVID but with fewer lights

Over the weekend, thousands of people flooded Prague’s medieval Old Town Square to light a 25-metre (80 feet) Christmas tree and reopen the annual Market after a COVID-19 shutdown for two years. The energy crisis caused a decrease in lights than usual.

Tourists and Czechs love the market’s sausages and mulled wine. They love sweets and gift giving.

Jan Chabr is a member of Prague City Council. He stated: “We have decided that we will reduce the number illuminated ornaments along the streets and use modern LED lighting for our Christmas tree.”

The lights were not turned on all day, as they used to. However, the city only turns them on from 4pm to midnight.


“We don’t want to remove the festive atmosphere of New Year’s or Christmas… but we also know that energy should not be wasted.”

Ivo Midrla runs a stand selling mead and fried potato chips. He stated that the coronavirus years had caused a significant decline in his business.

He stated, “We are happy that we are in business.” It won’t make up the two years.”


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